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Statement from Maritime Administration Concerning Middle States Commission on Higher Education Report

News Release #: xx-17

Date: Jun 29, 2017

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) today found that the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has successfully satisfied four of five deficient standards of accreditation. These are the standards tied to combatting Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment, and to restoring management authorities to the Superintendent. The Academy retains its full accreditation, yet remains in warning status until this final deficiency, related to institutional planning and resource allocation, is resolved.

MSCHE will send an evaluation team in September to confirm completion of this final requirement, resulting in the removal of the warning status.  Once the warning status is removed, MSCHE’s next accreditation evaluation visit will be in 2024-2025.

The evaluation team commended ‎Superintendent James Helis and his team for their dedication and “exemplary leadership” in working to resolve these issues.

Timeline and documents can be found on the USMMA website:

Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2018